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Gloria's rhythm is going to get you On Your Feet

Gloria Estefan's story, as told in a musical coming here next month, isn't just about cheerful tunes ­­­- it's about a smart, determined woman and the culture she emerged from, writes Anne Marie Scanlon

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The cast of 'On Your Feet'

The cast of 'On Your Feet'

Gloria and Emilio

Gloria and Emilio

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The cast of 'On Your Feet'

Back in the 1990s there was a show on MTV called Behind the Music. Each episode focused on a different musical act and followed a fairly standard formula - struggle, success, scandal, excess, drink, drugs, divorce, distress, followed by redemption and often revival.

However, one episode was devoted to Gloria Estefan, who did not fit the template at all. Estefan married her first boyfriend, Emilio, and they're still married four decades later. The couple have two children and recently became grandparents.

Estefan's life and career are pretty scandal-free; the only time the singer hit the headlines in a sensationalist way was when she almost died in a horrific car crash in March 1990. Estefan's tour bus collided with another large vehicle while driving through a snowstorm. The singer, who was returning from a meeting with President George Bush Snr, suffered a fractured spine. Her nine-year-old son was also injured.